Gatineau wants a light rail, recalls the president of the STO

Gatineau veut un train léger, rappelle la présidente de la STO

The designated prime minister of Quebec and leader of the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ), François Legault, has not repressed his enthusiasm for the light rail project in Gatineau during the election campaign, but he remains the one who has been the most blur in its commitment to make the transport infrastructure desired by the mayor of Gatineau, Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin, to reduce congestion in the west of the city.

While the light rail project between the Aylmer area and the city centre was strongly defended by the former minister of Transport of Quebec and member of parliament for Pontiac, André Fortin, Mr. Legault and his team, including his candidate in Hull, Rachel Bourdon, have blown hot and cold, particularly on the height of the funding that Quebec could grant.

The Parti québécois and the Quebec liberal Party had respectively committed to invest $ 1.5 billion, and a billion $ in the project, which was essentially the part of the provincial government to register the train in the federal program of transit infrastructure.

In campaign, the chief caquiste is not gone until then. “We are ready to finance our part,” he said before adding, during an interview with The Right, wait for ” more information before committing to amounts “.

A few weeks earlier, Mr. Legault had publicly supported the position taken by Ms. Bourdon said in favour of the draft, but that the financial framework should be revised.

The latter had previously stated that the CAQ would be willing to re-evaluate the funding of the project.

The cost of the light rail between the Aylmer area and the city center of Gatineau is currently estimated at $ 2.1 billion. If the next government of Quebec decided to enroll in the federal program in infrastructure, the province should assume 50 % of the invoice.

The president of the Société de transport de l’outaouais (STO), Myriam Nadeau said that she was going to start by letting the new government to install and it added that, in any case, the work is already underway. “The STO and the City have put a preliminary draft on the table, and we will continue working with our partners, the department [of Transport] and Ottawa, she said. The steering committee has already started the study. The mandate to carry it out is granted. It was a goal and it remains on our momentum. Our message and our ambition does not change. We will work with the county council to push this priority to the government. “

The complementary study of the project to clarify the financial details of the project must be handed in no later than march 31, 2020.

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